Even as the three major VR platforms debuted in 2016, many people have been looking to the future of the technology when companies could move past the limitations of the original hardware. HTC are the first to take that next step, announcing the Vive Pro upgrade and Vive Wireless Adaptor.
Vive Pro’s key improvement over the original base system, boosting the resolution from 2160×1200 to 2880×1600, making for a 78% increase in resolution. It’s a shift that should help make graphics look sharper, with text a key beneficiary, as well as reducing the grain that the image could sometimes feature. It will come with an improved headstrap and built in headphones for spatial audio, while there will be dual microphones for noise cancelling and dual front-facing cameras to enable better augmented reality uses.
A price and release has yet to be announced.
Update: The headset itself will be sold both in bundles and standalone, so existing Vive owners can upgrade without needing to buy the base stations and controllers again. Bought as a bundle, it will come with improved versions of those items, though. via Engadget
GM Daniel O’Briend said, “There’s a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset. Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience.”
At the same time, HTC unveiled the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which they say will be the first wireless VR adapter to market. It will work with both the original Vive and Vive Pro, using Intel’s 60Ghz WiGig technology for low latency.
This we do have a rough release date for, with worldwide release to customers in Q3 of this year.
Source: press release